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Love and Hope AdoptionsThe First Step in Any Adoption Journey

Your adoption home study will be seen by your attorney, your adoption agency, and your adoption consultant, if you are using one.

It will also need to be presented to the adoption or orphan court and to the USICS (immigration officer) if you are applying for a visa (international adoptions).

The various organizations where you are applying for adoption grants will need your apporved home study before considering your financial need.

Finally anyone else who is part of your individual adoption journey will also request a home study from you. This includes the ICPC office, if your child is born in a different state than where you live.

The Dream of Parenthood

Your dream  becomes a reality when you take the first step; start your adoption home study today.

Call (407-374-7483) ,  (610-340-4973), or email marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org . At Love And Hope Adoptions we begin your home study the day you reach out to us. Your home study will also be complete in 4 weeks.

Relax, be yourself, and let us guide you through the home study process. At Love And Hope, our goal is always to make you, the adoptive parent, feel comfortable. The home study process should not be worrisome but we understand that you may be nervous. Part of our home study service is to guide you, listen, understand, and answer any questions you may have.

What Paper Work Will You Have to Provide for the Home Study?

Here is some of the paperwork that the home study includes:

    • Proof of citizenship (if born outside of U.S.)
    • Employment verification
    • Current Tax return
    • Household budget
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Birth certificates or Passports
    • Driver’s licenses
    • Required background checks
    • Current medical report
    • Reference letters
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decrees

How Long is a Home Study Useable?

A home study is good for one year from the date it is completed but when certain changes occur in your life the home study also needs to be updated before the year.

This is something adoptive parents often overlook and it is your responsibility to take the neccessary steps to maintain an updated home study.

A. Your home study update is needed when people move into your home or move out.

B. Your home study update is needed when you have a change in income or job.

C. Your home study update is needed if you move to another home, apartment, city, state…any change of address.

D. Your home study update is needed if someone in the home has had another birthday and is now old enough for a criminal background check.

E. If your background checks are getting ready to expire they need to be redone.

**Even if you are matched, your background checks need to be less than a year old.

Adoptions begin with an adoption home study!

Love And Hope Adoptions is a fully licensed adoption agency. We are licensed in Florida by DCF and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the Department of Welfare, Children, Youth, and Families. We work side by side with many other adoption agencies, adoption consultants, and adoption attorneys to help you walk confidently through your adoption journey.

Call us today (407-374-7483), (610-340-4973), or email marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org

We provide domestic and international adoption home studies which are a critical part of the adoption process. Love And Hope Adoptions also works with families needing custody home studies, as well as foster, and step parent home studies. These reports are written narratives that document and share the life story of a prospective adoptive family.

Our agency is dedicated to performing home studies that are a positive experiences for everyone involved. Love And Hope Adoptions has compassionate social workers throughout Florida and Pennsylvania who will work with you personally from day one.

Love And Hope Adoptions handles every home study with professionalism, attention to detail, and adherence to state adoption rules and procedures. We assure families that their Love And Hope home study will meet their specific adoption needs whether it is for a domestic or an international adoption.

 ***Have your home study up to date at all times.

You receive the call that your baby is born but he/she is born but in another state. You will have to travel and are very excited.

Your homestudy has to always be up to date and ready for that call. Is your home study up to date?

You arrive to your destination and then wait for ICPC permisssion to return home with your new baby. ICPC is the interstate compact office.

What if your background checks were good when you were matched a few months ago but have now expired. ICPC will require that your background checks be current before you can return home with your new baby.

As you know or will soon learn, these clearances may take some time to process so please make sure that your home study is always up to date and ready for any birthmother matching opportunity.

Required 10-Hour Online Adoption Education Course

There will be some parent education classes required for some families. It is most often for international and for foster adoptions.

***Please aks us for some recommended sites so you can begin your classes and keep your home study moving along.

Prices

Love And Hope Adoptions prices are one time fees. There are no application fees, additional, hidden, extra, late, or travel fees.

**We offer discounts for: military families, school teachers, and families adopting special needs children, children with disabilities, or foster children.  Email your questions to marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org

Florida Home Studies

Custody Home Study $800.00 to $1,000.00

Step-Parent Home Study $800.00 to $1,000.00

Surrogate-Adoption Home Study $1,000.00

Domestic Home Study $1,200 to $1,500

International Home Study $1,500 (Non-Hague)

International (Hauge) Home Study costs vary due to specific Hauge country requirements; $1,750

Home Study Updates $500.00

Post-Placement Assessment $300

Pennsylvania Home Studies

Custody Home Study $800.00 to $1,000.00

Step Parent Home Study $800.00 to $1,000.00

Surrogate-Adoption Home Study $1,000.00

Domestic Home Study $1,200.00 to $1,500.00

International Home Study $1,500 (Non-Hauge)

International (Hauge) Home Study costs vary due to specific Hauge country requirements; $1,750

Home Study Updates $500.00

Post-Placement Assessment $300

Love And Hope Adoptions in PA.

We cover the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our social workers live and work locally. Once you chose to begin your home study with Love And Hope Adoptions your assigned social worker will e-mail or call you to get your home visit scheduled.

For questions or to get started please email marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org

Love And Hope Adoptions in FL.

We cover the entire state of Florida from the Panhandle to the Keys. Our social workers live and work locally.

Once you chose to start your home study with Love And Hope Adoptions your assigned social worker will e-mail or call you to get your home visit scheduled.

For questions or to get started please email marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org

What about criminal background checks?

***Always remember to follow the instructions we provide for you.

Schedule your fingerprinting appointment through the website we recommend on your home study packet. The facilities listed on the website are approved by the state.

In the past we have had adoptive families send their fingerprint cards directly to the FBI in VA thinking it would be quicker. Well, those results never came back to them or to us.

Other adoptive families thought they would save money and use a different vendor only to discover that their background check cost less because it didn’t include a full criminal background check. They had to get fingerprinted again through the approved state vendor and pay them.

When an adoptive family family lives in a very remote area the approved vendor may not be near. In these situations adoptive families will often reach out to a local law enforcement office for their background check. This has also not worked in the past.

We highly recommend that stay with the state approved vendors from the website we provide you so no delays in your criminal background checks will be experienced.

Do You Have to be Married?

For a domestic adoption you can be married, divorced, single, childless, already parenting other children – natural or adopted.

For international adoptions some countries require married couples and often have some age requirements as well.

What About Pets?

Your pets should be gentle with children and have no history of biting. You will need to show current veterinary records which include shot information.

What Kind of Questions and How Long Are You Going to Ask Us Questions?

Here are a few examples of the kinds of questions we will ask:

How do you resolve disagreements with your spouse?

What are your thoughts about parenting and discipline?

Who will be the guardian for your children if something should happen to you?

Please reach out to us with your questions or to begin your home study. Call (407) 374-7483, (610)340-4973, or email marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org